Glentham is a village and civil parish in the West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England. It is situated on the A631, 6 miles (9.7 km) west from Market Rasen, and 2 miles (3.2 km) east from Caenby Corner and the A15. The village includes the hamlet of Caenby.

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Church of SS Peter and Paul, Glentham
Glentham is located in Lincolnshire
Location within Lincolnshire
Population508 (2011)
OS grid referenceTF000907
• London130 mi (210 km) S
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townMarket Rasen
Postcode districtLN8
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
53°24′16″N 0°29′48″W / 53.404540°N 0.496532°W / 53.404540; -0.496532Coordinates: 53°24′16″N 0°29′48″W / 53.404540°N 0.496532°W / 53.404540; -0.496532


The Oxford Dictionary of English Place Names gives the derivation of the name Glentham as glente + hām, meaning either 'homestead frequented by birds of prey' or 'homestead at a lookout place'. Caenby is said to probably mean 'farmstead or village of a man called Cāfna or Kafni'.[1]

Domesday BookEdit

Glentham was mentioned in the Domesday Book, as being in the Aslacoe hundred in the West Riding of Lindsey. It had a total population of 64 households (very large for the time) with tax assessment of 8 geld units (again very large). Land in Glentham was held by four separate lords before the Norman conquest and three afterwards:

Lord in 1066: Lincoln St Mary, bishop of. Lord in 1086: Lincoln St Mary, bishop of. Tenant-in-chief in 1086: Lincoln St Mary, bishop of.

Lord in 1066: Thorgisl. Lord in 1086: Rainfrid. Tenant-in-chief in 1086: Ivo Tallboys.

Lords in 1066: Estan of Farningham; Wulfmer. Lord in 1086: Wadard of Cogges. Tenant-in-chief in 1086: Bishop Odo of Bayeux.[2]

Religious BuildingsEdit

Glentham Grade I listed Anglican church is dedicated to St Peter and St Paul.[3] Originating in the 13th century, it has had additions and changes up to the 20th. It is mainly Perpendicular in style.[4] Pevsner dates the tower from 1756, and a stained glass window by Christopher Whall from 1915.[5] In the chancel and the north aisle are monuments and brasses to the Tourney family of Cavenby. Set within a niche over the south porch is an image of Pieta holding the dead Christ. At the west of the church is a mutilated 14th-century brass effigy of a female;[4] previously known as "Molly Grime", it was, up to 1832, washed every Good Friday by seven old maids.[6]

In 1885 Kelly's Directory recorded both a Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist chapel, and a nearby barrow.[7] At that time much land in the area was given over to pasture, while main crops grown were wheat, barley and beans.[8]

The ecclesiastical parish is part of the Owmby Group of parishes.[9]


Glentham has a public house, The Crown Inn, a shop, a garden centre (with associated business units) and a village hall.


The village gave its name to a Ham class minesweeper, HMS Glentham.[10][11]


  1. ^ Oxford Dictionary of English Place-Names A. D. Mills.
  2. ^ [1] Archived 2 April 2015 at the Wayback MachineDomesday Book. Retrieved 15 March 2015
  3. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Peter and St Paul (1165045)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 7 August 2011.
  4. ^ a b Cox, J. Charles (1916) Lincolnshire pp. 136, 137; Methuen & Co. Ltd
  5. ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus; Harris, John; The Buildings of England: Lincolnshire p. 248; Penguin, (1964); revised by Nicholas Antram in 1989, Yale University Press. ISBN 0-300-09620-8
  6. ^ Gentleman's Magazine 1865; part 2, pp. 205-7
  7. ^ Historic England. "D-shaped barrow and enclosure 250m east of New Close Plantation (1017333)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 7 August 2011.
  8. ^ Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire with the port of Hull 1885, p. 415
  9. ^ "Glentham Village, Owmby Group of Parishes. Retrieved 7 August 2011
  10. ^ "HMS Glentham", Retrieved 23 June 2013
  11. ^ [2], Genuk site. Retrieved 15 March 2015

External linksEdit

  •   Media related to Glentham at Wikimedia Commons
  • "Glentham", Retrieved 7 August 2011